A Gift for Dad – 40th Anniversary of Fong Shu Chuen Building
The Opening Ceremony of Fong Shu Chuen Building was held on 24th January, 1980. This three-storey Building, located opposite to the University MTR Station, was donated by the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation and Group of Companies. Since its opening, the building has been the home of The Yale-China Chinese Language Centre (former New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre) till now.
Mr. Fong Yun Wah, son of Mr. Fong Shu Chuen delivered a speech at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in 1978. Here was an excerpt:
“A few months ago, I was very interested to learn from Professor Ma Lin that The Chinese University of Hong Kong would like to have a building for its Language Centre, whose activities would expand. To me, this is a very worthwhile endeavor. When I discussed this with my father, he too shared my enthusiasm for such a project. In another two days, my family will be celebrating my father’s 80th birthday. We have been looking around for a suitable gift for him to mark this happy occasion. And my father indicated that a contribution towards the construction of the Language Centre Building would be most appropriate. Since neither he nor I had had the chance to study in a university, he thought that a donation to help the University to educate our young people would be very meaningful.”
After the opening of the Building, the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation made another donation in 1990 to build the Fong Yun Wah Hall,an extension to the Fong Shu Chuen Building, in order to enhance the teaching facilities and capacity for the Language Centre.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Fong Shu Chuen Building. The Chinese Language Centre continues to provide language training for international students as before and aims to reduce communication barriers and promote cultural exchanges to response to the aspiration of Mr. Fong.
1978年方樹泉大樓奠基典禮合照Photo of the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for Fong Shu Chuen Building in 1978
大樓奠基典禮程序表Rundown of the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony
方樹泉大樓於1980年1月24日正式開幕The Fong Shu Chuen Building official opening
on 24th January, 1980
由時任布政司姬達爵士(左二)主持開幕禮The opening ceremony was officiated by Sir Jack Cater (second from left), the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong.